Towards a 'Fourth Humanism'? Reflections on the Role of Humanism in Humanities Education

22 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2015 Last revised: 3 Dec 2015

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Gerhard Michael Ambrosi

Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, University of Trier

Date Written: November 30, 2015

Abstract

The title of this contribution is a paraphrase of the “Third Humanism” which was a philosophical educational programme propagated in the last century, especially by the German-American scholar Werner Jaeger. It implied an orientation towards ancient Greek educational ideals. It has justly been heavily criticised. Yet, in reflecting about the significance of present-day humanities, the past influence of ancient (Greek) thought should be kept in mind, albeit with a critical disposition. In view of the current epochal changes, namely in the global distribution of economic and political power, in the global cultural climate, and in many educational systems, reflections about a novel “Fourth Humanism” might give valuable conceptual guidelines.

Keywords: Humanism, Axial Age, Higher Education

JEL Classification: A20, Z00

Suggested Citation

Ambrosi, Michael, Towards a 'Fourth Humanism'? Reflections on the Role of Humanism in Humanities Education (November 30, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2696929 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2696929

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